The Federal Coach: Mission Impossible? Not for Some Federal Leaders

Later this year, Tom Cruise will be starring in his fourth Mission: Impossible movie about a fictional federal agent saving the world from all sorts of extraordinary threats.

While I love an action movie as much as the next guy, the real-life federal employees tackling our country’s seemingly impossible missions are deserving of their own Hollywood blockbuster.

Some of you reading this column may think I’m joking, but anyone who attended the tenth annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies) last week, an event hosted by my organization, the Partnership for Public Service, understands exactly what I mean.

The award winners included a U.S. Geological Service (USGS) scientist who helped stop one of our country’s worst environmental disasters just when all seemed lost. There was a young fed who helped disrupt narcotics traffickers from funneling illicit cash from Mexican to U. S. banks, and a physician who is saving the lives of people suffering from disease so rare they don’t even have names.

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